Last week I was assigned a new student in my 6th period class. No big deal. The kid was obviously troubled. He was defiant and didn’t want to do any work. I’ve only known him a few days, so I was still trying to inspire him to get on the bandwagon. Today he had a hissy fit in the middle of class asking me to write a letter to his probation officer about his behavior (which was awful BTW I don’t know why he even asked). I told him we could discuss it after class. He ranted and raved, but my kids did not give him the audience he was hoping for. I continued my lesson and he eventually calmed down.
A few minutes later a female student arrived with a late pass from one of our administrators. She has been out for almost 2 weeks. Something happened in school, she was involved in a fight and I never got the full story nor was I asked to send work home which is the procedure when a kid is on suspension. The new kid freaks out and starts screaming at her. I ask her to stay in the hallway while I call for an administrator to remove him from class. I return to the hallway where my female student is crying and shaking. She confides in me that she knows the boy and has an order of protection from 3 of his friends because they sexually assaulted her.
I was livid that this young man was moved into my class by the administrators who are totally aware what is going on. I sent a scathing note and CC’d my principal asking for some information on what the hell was going on. The assistant principal basically replied back and said “Whoops. I moved him to another class.” She actually said “whoops” in the email.
This was more than 6 hours ago and I am still upset. Who are some of these administrators and why are they so disengaged, but expect teachers to be on top of everything?